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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books; first Edition edition (7 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385612664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385612661
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.1 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 653,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dowd's story grips the reader from the opening chapter . . . Her first book was a deservedly acclaimed young adult novel . . . this demonstrates her versatility" (The Sunday Times)

"Dowd transforms disability in to a gift" (Amanda Craig The Times)

"Compulsive reading" (Independent)

"This is a novel that works on every level, not least as a thoroughly gripping detective story" (Sunday Telegraph)

"This is a wonderfully written mystery. It is funny, nerve-wracking and tender by turns, with plenty of pace and excitement as well as some moments for serious reflection" (School Librarian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A thrilling adventure story - after Ted's cousin Salim disappears from a pod in mid-air on the London Eye, he and his sister become embroiled in a race against time to find him.

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Joan Keating on 2 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've read some newspaper reviews of this book which suggest it to be sub Mark Haddon. Well it is about a boy with Aspergers solving a crime and does a very convincing job of describing the inner life of such a boy. And it is a life enhancing description of someone overcoming things that limit them in the way that they are living their life. But it would be wrong to describe it as a kind of Mark Haddon lite. It's a very different book in that it is geared to a much younger audience. My boys got a great deal out of this - a perception of difference and how it is not necessarily a bad thing. An insight into other children's experiences of being unhappy and isolated at school. And a sense of the excitement of a real page turner. We started off reading two short chapters each night but quickly got into reading four at night and often four in the morning too (the bliss of the summer holidays). Highly recommended.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Soffe on 11 April 2009
Format: Paperback
I read this book on holiday and it was a really good surprise. I had been given the book some time ago and expected a light, airy book that would help pad out the holiday, but The London Eye Mystery is an addictive, deep-thinking book.
I was completely hooked to the book and was especially interested in how the main character, Ted, thought. It was a real insight. The fast-paced story was compelling and the description of the situation made it seem real. I could really understand the emotions of the characters.
It can appeal to anyone of age 9+ as I thought on the face of it the book was easy to read and easy to understand, but some of the deeper issues are really intriguing. I imagine it can appeal to adults, and as a teenager, I was interested with Ted and how he thought. I was interested to learn about the Coriolis Effect and Einstein's Theory of Relativity which were both squeezed into the book.

Overall, a fantastic read that can appeal to all ages.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ruth King on 6 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
What goes up must come down - unless you're Ted Sparks' cousin Salim.

Aunt Gloria and her teenage son Salim are preparing to move from Manchester, England to New York City. Before they leave for the United States, Gloria wants to visit her sister and her family in London. Salim has never been to London so his cousins Ted and Katrina are eager to show him the sights.

They decide to visit one of Ted's favorite places, the London Eye. The London Eye, also called the Millennium Wheel, is the tallest ferris wheel in Europe. When they arrive at the Eye, there's a long line for tickets. After a stranger approaches Ted, Kat and Salim to offer his ticket, the kids decide that Salim should take it and "fly the Eye" on his own. Ted and Kat track Salim's capsule during its half hour ride, but when the capsule comes down and people file out, Salim is nowhere in sight. Was he kidnapped? Did he run away? Did he spontaneously combust (one of Ted's eight theories)?

After their parents contact the police, Ted and Kat decide to launch their investigation into their cousin's disappearance. Ted has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism. Since his brain works on a "different operating system", Kat and Ted think they may have an advantage over the police investigators. Can Ted's unique perspective help them find Salim before it's too late?

I found The London Eye Mystery to be an interesting, fast read. It is not without some flaws, however. Ted and Kat withhold vital evidence from their parents and the police (such as Salim's camera and information about the stranger who gave Salim his ticket). I never get past my disbelief that they would withhold so much evidence when their cousin was in a dangerous situation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on 25 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My eldest daugther persuaded me to read this book. Having done so I recommend it to anyone who will listen to me! Both adults and children will enjoy this book. It is both witty and moving. The main characters are a brother and sister who usually don't get along too well. They are forced to work together to solve the mystery of the disapperance of their cousin, who went missing on the London Eye. Although the book is intended for a much younger audience I found it to be a very entertaining and poignant read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 20 April 2009
Format: Paperback
I liked this book because it was a mystery and I love mystery stories. Also the book was a page turning book and that you couldn't stop reading it. It was like a film you just bought and you really wanted to see it so you start watching it and then your mum tells you its dinner time but you stay where you are because you really want finish watching the film in other words the book kept me in suspence.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By skivoogle on 15 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was an excellent idea for a story. The London Eye is the venue chosen for a very mysterious disappearance. Nevermind what the weather is Ted and Kat brave raining cats and dogs to solve the mystery of Salim's disappearance. They travel around London with a list of Ted's theories whilst the grown ups and police brave the tempestuous Aunt Gloria. This book will make you laugh while at the same time make you bite your nails as the story keeps you in suspense throughout. It is a real page turner and adults will enjoy it as well. I think this will appeal to tourists visiting London who want to improve their English as it is well writtenn and easy to read.
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